Sustainability is in the scope of work of every project we undertake. Our environmental scientists execute and coordinate services that allow our clients to safely operate and protect our natural resources.
Our public and private sector clients are keenly aware of the advantage gained by high compliance and stewardship. By converging MKA’s environmental and engineering skills, we can help clients manage, reduce, or eliminate risk.
From site assessment to mitigation and design, MKA is able to work with regulatory agencies and stakeholders to achieve our client’s objectives.
- Cultural Resource Delineation
- Wetland Delineation
- Wetland Mitigation
- Threatened/Endangered Species
- Construction Monitoring
- Regulatory Compliance
Delaware & Lehigh Trail
Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon Counties, PA
The Delaware and Lehigh Trail (D&L Trail) forms the spine of a large regional trail network associated with and supported by The Delaware & Lehigh National and State Heritage Corridor. When completed, the D&L Trail will span five counties, for an overall length of approximately 180 miles, much of it in the Delaware Canal and Lehigh Gorge State Parks. To date, MKA has completed the survey, plan preparation and environmental services (NEPA documentation) required for acquisition of approximately 38 miles of trail corridor from Norfolk-Southern (formerly Conrail) in Lehigh, Carbon and Luzerne Counties. Acquisition funds were provided through the Federal Transportation Enhancement (TEA) Program. Consequently, all environmental studies, field surveying, mapping, and plan preparation were performed in accordance with PennDOT design policies and procedures.
- MKA prepared environmental clearance documents
- MKA performed construction inspection for section from Slatington-Walnutport Bridge to the Lehigh Gap
Rails to Trails
Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
U.S. Gypsum Wallboard Plant
United States Gypsum completed a 620,000 square foot industrial complex which manufacturers wallboard from synthetic gypsum, the byproduct produced from PPL’s adjacent scrubber process. MKA provided land development services which included wetland delineation, erosion and sedimentation control plan, highway occupancy permits, zoning permits, wetland mitigation design, stormwater design, hydrologic and hydraulic studies, design, construction and as-built surveys and construction inspection.
- 17-mile natural gas pipeline
- Railroad spur
- Water and sanitary sewer systems
- NPDES permit
- Section 404/Chapter 105 Joint Permit
Above Ground Water Supply Network – SGL 12
State Game Lands 12, Sullivan and Bradford Counties, PA
This water supply network entailed wetland/stream delineation, impact avoidance/minimization analysis, and permitting for two above ground waterlines to be used by an MKA client for hydraulic fracturing. These waterlines connect a water source and storage to a group of well pads. In addition to environmental, MKA services included alignment selection and engineering design.
- Alignment crosses Exceptional Value and Wild Trout streams
- Design utilized existing culverted road crossings for waterline alignment which allowed for favorable permitting path
- Alignment at existing road crossings of streams allowed for less complicated PADEP Small Projects Joint Permit
- Project schedule was shortened via a design that did not require a USACOE Section 404 Permit
- 3.1 miles of waterline
Oil and Gas
Chief Oil & Gas